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A friend of ours still had her pet lamb, then a 25 year old geriatric sheep, because she did not want to send it to the abbatoir.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

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Maybe I could persuade OH to let me have a couple as pets, I know an expat who has a flock and always a few orphaned lambs in front of the Aga each Spring!

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Vets  fees Aly !

I'll try that again!

Fri 3-Feb-12
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Yes I know that is the issue, they have to be tagged, vaccinated for blue tongue, have feet trimmed regularly etc. I will check it all out before going further. I will never take on an animal I cannot care for properly.

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More work for you too I suspect.

I'll try that again!

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Happy work though! I love being with my 'family'!

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Fri 3-Feb-12
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hi,our day begins at 4.45 when oh gets up for work she lets dogs out and gets ready to leave at 5.30,i usually get up at 8.30 let dogs out again some of the dogs prefer being outside all day(the youngest ones) then i have my cup of tea (i must have tea),pigs get buckets of veg for breakfast,then we open the hens(our hens are in seperate pens,pairs trio's) easy at the moment now the ground is solid last month and in december it was very hard work when the ground was a bog.after this i do whatever oh left for me to do.hanging out washing, repairing washing machine(again)in the afternoon when oh gets home (she works monday to friday) we do the main feed,ducks and geese together,then the hens then the pigs then oh feeds rabbits and guinea pigs then we feed the dogs then last but not least us,weekends are kept for mucking out  we use a round bale of straw every time, but we intend to downsize this year because i'm tired of buying new range rovers for the poor farmers,this year we hope to start looking for something in france again, if we can find someone to take this place of our hands.we will be taking our kune kune pigs, black orpingtons,japanese and pekin hens with us along with the call ducks,tufted,magpie,pekin,ducks.tomorrow of to inverness to pick up 2 ton of carrots hope weather not to bad 160ml round trip.

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You have a fascinating story, Kenny. That was a good read.

2 ton of carrots? That's an awful lot of carrot and coriander soup i_am_hungry

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Which part of France will you be looking at Kenny? This is my 3rd year in lower Normandy and we are very happy here. We have the remains of a farm built in 1832 and are renovating the main house as well as a large barn that will be Gites.

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Kenny, that's a long drive for carrots, are these for the livestock? we're relatively luck and have a processing farm close by (about 5 milesaway) and we can get trailer loads of carrots for £10.(often with potatoes and/or parsnips mixed in with them)

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hi,2 ton of organic carrots home,god bless the supermarkets if it wasn't for them rejecting the carrots for being to small or to big i have to pay a lot more for them, it is the same for potatoes i only pay £20 per ton,so my pigs get lots of extra food and we get free corrots for mince and stew(carrots and potatoes are cleaned processed and then rejected).we are looking for a place in the poitou-charentes we both like the languedoc but oh cannot take the summer heat so the poitou is the best option and we have some friends there as well.if it dries up tomorrow it is mucking out day (great).

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Kenny, we're in Poitou-Charentes atm - the snow is 10cms deep .........  smile

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"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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hi,so far this year we have been lucky (no snow) but we have had rain oh we have had RAIN,last two weeks it has been frozen so not to bad,last year at this time we had 30cm of snow in the field and we are right on the coast  (my fences are on the shoreline).one of our reasons for moving to france is the weather we know the winters can be bad but they are short and the summers are long(and the wine is good) unlike my french but i'm working on it.

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French gets better when you live here. I have learned loads thanks to neighbors and new found friends. I am now at the point where I can talk to the vet about the cats, the doctor about me and the baker to get exactly what I want. I have also braved the hairdresser and come out without the purple streak all women of 50 and over seem to have! There are frustrations but we both love life here!

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